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4.21

GUI with new design. Includes a dark mode (default) and a light mode.

From R4.21.5:

  • RADIUS proxy mitigation of Mikrotik erraric Accounting stop+start in DHCP configuration.
  • Added policyAssignedBy field in REST subscriber information.
  • Support special characters (\'"#|) in user interface and REST.

4.20

Rate limits per subscriber groups, defined by rate policies (also configurable via REST)

Added all-subscribers group by default

Maximum subscriber groups per subscriber: 3 defined by IP + 4 by subscriber-id + all-subscribers

Ability to skip subscriber group rates per flow policy

Status->Subs->QoE_Metrics & Status->Subs->Groups load with time evolution

Configurable blocking based on status for VISP.net integration

Updated DPI signatures (Star+, MagisTV, DirectTV, Paramount+, Globo, Amazon Prime, Telegram)

Added Huawei Radius AVPs to limit rate

Subscriber-group and subscriber-id metrics via REST

REST subscriber info not limited to REST-provisioned subscribers

https DPI category now https-no-sni, http DPI category now http-no-host-header

With many CPUs, reserve a few of them to handle GUI tasks

4.19

New live-mode DPI graph in subscriber dashboard

Subscriber-groups from network data in Azotel, Powercode, Sonar, Visp and Wispro

Sonar billing: blocking can be based on delinquency status

Sonar billing: policy names can use Sonar service names

Configure->Optimization Settings warns when TCPO is about to be configured without flow-shaping and when ACM is set without rate limits per subscriber.

4.18

New RADIUS proxy deployment option, for rate policies and time and volume quota management.

Flow tables in subscriber dashboard now include DPI, also in Live mode.

Access & Internet profiles now allow specifying L4 protocol.

BQN bypass of traffic based on access IP ranges.

DPI Latencies now shown graphically, instead of as a table.

Subs-group dashboard accessible clicking in subs-group time-evolution graphs.

Sonar billing: configurable non-block status values.

Can export to CSV up to 500 top subscribers inStats->Subscribers->Top_Total.

Update Steam DPI signatures.

Update DPI per port and per protocol signatures.

Flow policies now clickable in subscriber dashboard flow tables.

New stacked chart for interface throughput.

Fixed bug in time profiles with daylight savings time change.

Performance improvement in IO processes.

4.17

Improved ACM implementation (better search for optimum speed and avoids unnecessary shaping).

New "Live mode" in the subscriber dashboard, to view metrics and flows in real-time, with a granularity of 1 second.

More granular traffic information in DPI Hourly statistics(5 minutes in Statistics->DPI Service Analysis->Hourly Volume per Service and 10 minutes in subscriber dashboard).

Added time-evolution chart for main metrics in Status->Subscribers->QoE Metrics.

Added time-evolution chart for main metrics in Status->Subscribers->Subscriber Groups.

Main subscribers and servers for a DPI category can now be accessed with a right-click in Statistics->DPI Service Analysis->Hourly Volume per Service.

A click on Main subscriber and Main servers IP addresses fora DPI category go to the subscriber dashboard and the DPI latency page respectively.

In Statistics->Subscribers->Top by Time, it is now possible to click on a top subscriber and go directly to that subscriber's dashboard.

New Administration->Backup->Load options,allowing merging configuration commands.

Quota general parameters moved from Configuration->Quotas to Status->Subscribers->Subscriber Quotas.

New Configuration->Subscriber Quotas linked to Status->Subscribers->Subscriber Quotas.

New Configuration->Subscriber Groups linked to Status->Subscribers->Subscriber Groups.

New Statistics->Subscribers-> Groups linked to Status->Subscribers->Subscriber Groups.

From R4.17.2:

  • In Status->Subscribers QoE Metrics and Subscriber Groups, "Unplot all" option added to unplot all items in time evolution charts at once.
  • In Status->Subscribers QoE Metrics and Subscriber Groups, time evolution charts show 10 items by default for performance reasons and allow a maximum of 30 items.
  • In Subscriber Dashboard, export of flow table in live mode.
  • In Status->Subscribers QoE Metrics, in charts of metrics over time, a right click on a subscriber IP in the chart legend will lead to this subscriber's dashboard.
  • In Subscriber Group dashboard, link to QoE Metrics of main subscriber groups.
  • In Wispro Billing, client public id is a possible source of Subscriber ID.

4.16

Integration with Wispro billing system.

Billing status page: a billing status page provides more detailed information about the synchronization of the BQN with the billing system.

Subscriber groups can also be defined based on subscriber IDs, so subscribers with dynamic IPs can be tracked as part of the group.

4.15

New Subscriber ID profile to define flow, rate or monitor rules based on subscriber identifier patterns.

New Subscriber group profile to define flow, rate or monitor rules based on subscriber group name patterns.

Audit logs.

Configurable GUI session inactivity timeout.

Enforcement of strong passwords.

Per subscriber DPI information may be hidden to users with operator profile.

Disk usage status chart.

4.14

New statistics per subscriber groups (Status->Subscribers->Subscriber_Groups).Subscriber groups defined from GUI or REST API.

Throughput statistics now with L3/L4 breakdown in Statistics->Throughput->Overview.Previous overview now in Statistics->Throughput->Optimization).

Time and Volume quota management in Status->Subscribers->Quotas(in addition to existing REST API).

New Status->Subscribers->Attributes, withbetter information, replacing old Status->Radius/REST/Billing->Subscribers.

Better Status->Policies (Flow, Rate, Monitoring),with better information, replacing old Status->Radius/REST/Billing->Policiesand Status->Policies.

Flow details with DPI domains in Status->Flows->Details,replacing Status->Flows->Per Subscriber.

System logs from GUI.

Node DPI information is available via REST API.

General disabling of shaping and in Configuration->OptimizationSettings.

New software bypass in Configuration->OptimizationSettings.

Automatic detection of DPDK/PCAP interface mode in installationconfiguration wizard.

From R4.14.2: traffic captures from GUI.

4.13

Export feature to write table content to a csv file.

HTTP redirection when quota exhausted.

New REST API node metrics:

  • Traffic volume
  • Flows
  • Latency
  • Retransmissions
  • Congestion
  • Traffic at maximum speed.

Detailed network interface information.

4.12

Integration with Visp.net billing system.

RADIUS Connect-Info support (from 4.12.3).

4.11

Enforcement of time and/or volume subscriber quotas through the REST API.

From 4.11.3,  policy flow options to define traffic types not subject to quotas and to decide behavior when quota exhausted (blocking or slow down speed).

Metrics of congestion and traffic near top speed through the REST API.

Subscriber status table includes a warning counter of KPIs exceeding their threshold, to facilitate focusing on subscribers experiencing quality issues.

New TCPO Statistics over time, with an overall acceleration value and simpler charts.

TCPO Speed & Acceleration Status can now be calculated over up to one week.

4.10

The Subscriber Dashboard can now be requested by either IP Address or subscriber ID.

The DPI statistics can now be filtered by either IP Address or subscriber ID.

The main clients for each service can now be shown by either IP Address or subscriber ID.

The top subscribers by volume can now be shown by either IP Address or subscriber ID.

The latency per service graphs have been extended to 1 month (instead of just three days).

New dashboard alarms for NTP and forBilling Systems Synchronization.

DPI now detects IMAP, POP and SMTP overSSL/TLS.

4.9

Improved Automatic Congestion Management.

Support for policy selection through Radius Class AVP

Support for IPv6 subscriber addresses in REST interface

4.8

New subscriber monitoring page in Status->Subscribers (Statistics->Subscribers->Metrics deprecated).

DPI statistics of up to one month.

New Powercode integration with better performance.

Integration with Sonar billing system (v2)

4.7

Subscriber ID searchable in GUI

Integration with Splynx billing system

Subscriber dashboard window

SNMP configuration

4.6

TCPO Acceleration metrics per service/application

DNS for Powercode & Azotel integration

New Bequant logo in GUI

Azotel: block subscribers without a valid subscription (from 4.6.3).

Faster TCPO metrics (from 4.6.3).

Improved shaping, including improved FQ-CODEL (from 4.6.3).

4.5

Azotel billing integration.

Histograms with main client/server IP addresses per service.

Modal charts in Subscriber metrics.

Multiple Powercode equipment categories (from 4.5.2).

ACM enabled for billing dynamic policies (from 4.5.2).

XBox software update DPI signature (from 4.5.2).

4.4

New Automatic Congestion Management, based on advanced machine-learning algorithms, to automatically detect congestion situations and, in those case, apply a dynamic limit to mitigate the latency and packet losses caused by the congestion.

New Time Profiles, to allow specifying subscriber flow and rate policies as a function of the day-of-week and the time-of-day

Integration with Powercode billing systems

Integration with Cisco qos-policy RADIUS AVPs

4.3

Shaping policies per flow: it is now possible to set a limit per flow, in addition to existing combined limit to all flows of the same subscriber. Applicable to scenarios with NAT.

Sortable data tables more scalable.

In DPI Service Analysis, possibility to exclude DPI samples generated by monitoring policies (to eliminate biases caused by those policies, for example, because of full DPI of specific IPs).

4.3.3

Fixes the issue of slow speeds when doing shaping or rate-limiting when turning off overall TCPO.

4.2

Sortable data tables in:

  • Status->Flows->Per Subscriber
  • Status->Radius/REST->Subscribers
  • Status->Subscribers
  • Status->Policies
  • Statistics->Subscribers->Metrics

Administration->General settings

  • Host name
  • IPv6 prefix for subscribers
  • UDR production rate

4.1

Speedtest DPI identification.

Latency per service charts.

Automatic UDR rate production.

Subscriber metrics available via REST API.

4.0.25

Corrections.

4.0.24

Corrections.

4.0.23

Rate-policy profile, to define policy flow rules based on the name of the policy rate of the subscriber.

RADIUS Ascend AVPs supported (data-rate and xmit-rate).

In policy flows, drop rules for Internet-incoming SYN, UDP and IP other flows.

TCP improvements.

4.0.22

Up to 3 months of Subscriber metrics (usage, latency,retransmission, max speed, flows).

Dynamic policy rate creation from RADIUS.

Overall retransmission metrics.

PPS in Dashboard.

TCP improvements.

Niagara bypass.

4.0.21

Corrections.

4.0.20

Support of 25 Gbps and 100Gbps with Intel E810 network interfaces.

Better management of REST/API policies and subscribers.

Access to subscriber status and usage from subscriber tables.

DPI for QUIC-IETF and QUIC-vQ050.

DPI for Bittorrent.

Load a policy configuration respecting the server specific configuration (to load the same policies to several BQN servers).

RADIUS client description field.

Automatic Congestion Detection (ML).

4.0.19

Corrections.

4.0.18

Show API policies in GUI.

Show subscriber API policy assignments in GUI.

More graphical dashboard.

4.0.17

Subscriber usage of up to three months.

4.0.16

Corrections.

4.0.15

Status Flow per Subscriber introduced.

Status Subscribers much improved.

Cambium platform.

4.0.14

Traffic counter improvements.

Burst transition duration.

Corrections.

4.0.13

New Dashboard, with more information and more frequent updates.

Improved TCP.

4.0.12

Corrections.

4.0.11

REST API includes subscriber and policy IDs.

More IPs in OAM firewall.

4.0.10

Renovated system alarms.

SNMP traps.

New MIB.

Clearer DoS over time chart.

4.0.9

API Rest can specify rate policy parameters.

4.0.8

Centralized DoS thresholds.

4.0.7

Configuration backup/restore.

4.0.6

UDR generation in Subscriber monitor policy.

Tracking flows can be subject to shaping.

4.0.5

API REST

Subscribers and flows per Policy (Status->Policies).

Subscribers per Policy over time(Status->Subscribers->Per Policy).

Flows per policy over time (Statistics->Flows->Per Policy).

Release Naming Conventions

BQN software release is identified by three digits (e.g., R4.1.1):

  • The first digit indicates a mayor release (e.g., Release 4). A major release requires new platform packages (normally it is not compatible with platform packages from previous major releases).
  • The second digit indicates a minor release within the major release (e.g., Release 4.1). Contains new functionality and it is compatible with the platform packages of its major release. Simply involves the installation of a BQN package.
  • The third digit is a patch number, delivering corrections of the minor release. This is the convention from R4.1 onwards (R4.0 was delivering also functionality using the third digit).
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